How do you cite a newspaper article?

This page reflects guidance from the sixth edition of the Publication Manual.

For the most current guidelines, see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) and our Style and Grammar Guidelines page for the seventh edition.

Example (print version):

Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

Precede page numbers for newspaper articles with p. or pp.

  • If an article appears on discontinuous pages, give all page numbers, and separate the numbers with a comma (e.g., pp. B1, B3, B5–B7).

Example (electronic version):

Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Give the URL of the home page when the online version of the article is available by search to avoid nonworking URLs.

(adapted from the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual, © 2010)

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